One of the harsh realities women gifted in leadership, ministry, preaching and teaching in the Churches of Christ face is that often, they must choose between the church that raised them up, taught them and formed them in their Christian faith, and the call of God to serve the church fully with all of their gifts and self. The Churches of Christ have lost many gifted and dedicated women who have, out of necessity, followed the call of God to serve elsewhere. Incredibly, their gifts and voices are barely missed–because, as one among this number has said, their gifts and voices were never really present, fully used, or appreciated in the first place.
Many men, as well, have found that their support of gender justice in the church has forced them to choose between the integrity of their ministry and the church they seek to serve. Their exodus from the Churches of Christ carries its own weighty witness, for they chose the welfare of the church and of the women silenced within it over their own.
This page is an attempt to honor those women and men: to honor their courage in following the call of God; to make public and grieve our loss of their presence and service in our midst.
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Exodus: the ones called elsewhere
Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber (ELCA), founding pastor of House of All Sinners and Saints
Rev. Julie Mavity Maddalena (UCC), PhD candidate in Christian Ethics at SMU
Marti McMahon Stanley (DoC), Youth Minister at First Christian Church
Travis Stanley (DoC), Associate Minister at First Christian Church, Abilene TX
Teresa Pecinovsky (DoC), MDiv student at Vanderbilt
Quiara Hazlewood (DoC), Highland Drive Christian Church
Rev. Manda Adams (UCC), Interim Pastor at Community Christian Church UCC/DoC (Rochester, NY)
Rev. Dr. Irie Session (DoC), Senior Pastor at The Avenue-Warren Avenue Christian Church
Krystal Leedy (PCUSA), Director of Campus Ministries at University Presbyterian Church
Rev. Dr. Katie Hays (DoC), founding pastor of Galileo Church
Dr. Lance Pape (DoC), Granville and Erline Walker Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Brite Divinity School
Rev. Kim Seidman, Vicar, Holy Comforter Episcopal Church (Broomfield, CO)
Rebecca Kello (TEC), MDiv student at Abilene Christian University
Rev. Dr. J. Brent Bates (TEC), Rector of Grace Church in Newark, NJ
Scott Freeman, Stillwater Public Library (Stillwater, OK)
Rev. Dr. Micki Pulleyking, Brentwood Christian Church, Missouri State University
Dawn Gentry, Former Children’s Minister (Indianapolis, IN), MDiv student, Emmanuel Christian Seminary
Scott Lybrand (TEC), Program Director, Episcopal Charities and Community Services, Chicago IL